The real pucks haven’t even hit the ice yet in the NHL regular season and Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde is already playing the Detroit vs. everybody card.
“I stopped reading media because it’s so negative on us,” Lalonde said. “It’s not a negative on us, the projections, the percentages. Some people have us no chance at making the playoffs.
“I think the highest article I read is a 14 percent chance of making the playoffs. Everyone is writing us off.”
Like it or not, the fact of the matter is that there are a plethora of reasons why the Red Wings might not be a playoff team again in 2023-24. Here are five of them: